We can not say enough about the importance of a healthy gut, as poor gut health is linked to health problems such as irritable bowel syndrome, autoimmune diseases, thyroid disorders, and anxiety (just to name a few).
Also, a recent study suggests that unhealthy gut microbiota, which contributes to various diseases, can increase the spread of breast cancer.
Researchers from the University of Virginia Cancer Center found that mice changed the balance of the gut microbiome by administering antibiotics. Hormone receptor-positive breast cancer cells (about 70 percent of breast cancers are fed by hormones) have been induced to spread to other parts of the body.
On closer inspection, they found that the antibiotic treatment triggered an inflammatory response that triggered the cells to spread to the blood and lungs. The spread of cancer to other parts of the body (called metastases) is central to cancer treatment. Therefore, it is important to understand possible contributors to this process.
"These findings suggest an unhealthy microbiome and associated changes. Tissue-associated diseases associated with an unhealthy microbiome may be early predictors of invasive or metastatic breast cancer," said Melanie Rutkowski, Ph.D. ., from the UVA Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Cancer Biology in a statement. [1
There are many ways we can heal our bowels, and one of the simplest ways is to change our diet. Amy Shah, MD, mbg member of the collective, recommends that you include more high-fiber vegetables such as broccoli and artichokes in our diet to fill the gut with good bacteria.
You also want to add more healthy, fermented fats to foods, vegetables, and spices to get your gut back on track. If you are working to promote good bacteria, avoid sugar that only feeds the harmful bacteria.
So we talked about diet changes, but a few other changes could make all the difference. Relieving stress can be helpful, as staying too long in an escape or combat reaction leads to an excess of cortisol and a shorter digestive and healing time for your body. It is also known that staying active contributes to better gut health by increasing good bacteria in the gut.
Although this study suggests the benefits of better gut health for carcinogenesis, it is never a bad time to think about improving gut health, along with other positive health outcomes such as a stronger immune system, more energy, and less brain fog. It's really a breeze for us.